What is mediation?

Mountainside Family and Divorce Mediation

Helping couples avoid divorce litigation through the mediation process

Unfortunately, too many divorcing couples find themselves in drawn-out, emotionally-driven court cases. Excessive costs, exorbitant time spent, and a significant impact on the family are just some of the reasons people look for alternatives to litigation. Fortunately, mediation is available for those who wish to avoid the pitfalls of court. Mediation is exponentially growing in popularity amongst divorcing people across the United States. Through mediation, a couple can resolve their marital issues in a time-saving, cost-efficient manner. The goal of mediation is to negotiate terms of the divorce and come to an amicable conclusion. Through constructive discussions, mediation works to establish a common ground and conclude the matter by drafting a Settlement Agreement that the couple can then use to divorce. Through the help of a mediator, a neutral third party, a couple can avoid the emotional turmoil and cost of litigation. For many years, Ross & Calandrillo, LLC has provided mediation services that tend to the specific needs of the couple. Considering this alternative is a great first step. Contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC for a consultation to discuss how mediation can benefit you. When you are ready, we are here to guide you towards the amicable conclusion you deserve.

Marital issues and divorce mediation

Mediation functions to provide the same conclusion as a court trial at a fraction of the cost and with a significantly lesser impact on the family. With a mediator facilitating constructive negotiations, a couple will address topics like alimony, division of marital property, child support, child custody, and anything else pertinent to the marriage. Once completed, the mediator will ensure that a fair and just agreement has been accomplished and draft a Separation Agreement detailing the terms.

Preparation for divorce mediation

When a couple has decided to engage in the process of mediation, it can be much easier to prepare for the road ahead. One of the most important things a person can do is to fully prepare financial information and be ready to discuss it. In the most fortunate cases, because a couple has already decided to cooperate, they can organize their financials together before the process commences. Each party should prepare their cares and concerns about the future, no matter how sensitive. It is important that each party sign the Settlement Agreement with all concerns fully addressed.

How long does mediation take?

There is no time limit or constraint put on the couple to resolve the matter in a predetermined period of time. The process takes as long as the couple needs. Some couples can resolve their issues in a session because all but one or two issues are resolved. Others may need more time to discuss complex matters. There is no pressure to resolve the contested issues in a certain number of sessions. When the couple believes that they are ready to divorce, the sessions can stop and the mediator can draft the contract and file it with the court. Often, most couples wait longer for the court to pass down a Final Judgment of Divorce than it takes to conclude their sessions.

Contact an experienced Union County divorce mediator

If you can come together to discuss the terms of your divorce, mediation may be a good option. Mediation is a way to control your future, save time and money, and come to an amicable conclusion. Mediation helps families mitigate the impact of the divorce on the children by forging a new relationship centered on cooperation, providing a model for the family on how to resolve disputes. If you are interested in finding out more about the mediation process, contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC. Our firm is ready to guide you through the process.